Moscow – A court in Moscow has rejected a request from dissident Alexei Navalny’s legal team calling for legal action against Russian authorities, according to state media.
The court did not agree with the legal team’s complaint that authorities were not duly investigating the suspected poisoning of Navalny, thought to have occurred while he was in Siberia on a trip to promote local opposition candidates.
Russia has previously refused to open a criminal case, citing a lack of hard evidence.
German authorities say toxicology tests have revealed that Navalny, who is currently comatose in a Berlin hospital, had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.
Russia’s stance was reiterated by the prosecutor in the Moscow court.
“The presented materials indicate that there were no violations by the investigators,” the prosecutor said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.